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City to receive almost $600,000 for transit funding

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes is slated to receive $574,021 in transit funding from the Ontario Government.

Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation announced today that the Ontario government is helping 107 municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems with Ontario’s gas tax program, including the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“We are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and to attract more riders,” said Yurek. “More public transit will cut through gridlock and get people moving.”

The province is prividing $364 million in gas tax funding to 107 municipalities that provide public transit service to 144 communities across Ontario. These communities represent over 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population according to the Province.

The program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. Municipalities receiving gas tax funding must use these funds towards their public transit capital and/or operating expenditures, at their own discretion, including upgrading transit infrastructure, increasing accessibility, purchasing transit vehicles, adding more routes and extending hours of service. Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province.

“Our government is working to make life better for the people of Ontario. Through Ontario’s gas tax program, the City of Toronto will receive $184,994,655 in funding this year to improve transit projects such as the TTC,” said Yurek. “This investment will help improve the daily commute for many who use the TTC to get around Toronto every day.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes says it will use the money to improve services already in place.“Transit funding received from the provincial government will support delivery of the City’s existing transit services and proposed 2019 enhancements.  Those enhancements are identified within the 2019 Budget and Business Plan that is available on the City’s website” Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works told Kawartha 411 News.

When asked about rural transit Robinson said council won’t even look at that for another four years.Council has previously provided direction on rural transit.  Their resolution is to align with the Transit Master Plan which calls for review and consideration for rural transit commencing in 2023.”

The share that each municipality receives under Ontario’s gas tax program is based on a formula of 70 percent ridership and 30 percent population. These funds serve both the needs of large and small municipal transit systems. Municipalities that contribute financially to public transit services are eligible for funding. Municipalities not currently providing transit can become eligible for funding if they start up fully-accessible transit services.

 

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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